AskDefine | Define Veronica

Dictionary Definition

veronica n : any plant of the genus Veronica [syn: speedwell]

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin form of Berenice, influenced by the Church Latin phrase vera icon "true image" which may have inspired the legend of St. Veronica.

Proper noun

  1. A legendary woman who wiped the face of Jesus on the way to Calvary.
  2. A given name


female given name
  • Czech: Veronika
  • French: Véronique
  • German: Veronika
  • Norwegian: Veronika, Veronica
  • Swedish: Veronika, Veronica


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Proper noun

  1. A given name, cognate to Veronica.


Alternative spellings

Proper noun

  1. Veronica. A given name.

Extensive Definition

Veronica is a female given name, the Latin form of the Greek name Berenice, which in turn is derived from Greek pherein (bring) and nikê (victory), meaning "she who brings victory". In medieval etymology, Veronica was sometimes wrongly supposed to derive from Latin vera (true) and Greek eikon (image). Its popularity in medieval and modern times is based mainly on the importance in Christianity of Saint Veronica and her Veil of Veronica.





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Veronica in Bulgarian: Вероника
Veronica in Danish: Veronica
Veronica in German: Veronica
Veronica in Spanish: Verónica
Veronica in French: Véronique
Veronica in Dutch: Veronica
Veronica in Japanese: ヴェロニカ
Veronica in Norwegian: Veronica
Veronica in Polish: Weronika
Veronica in Simple English: Veronica
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